Six Flags to Supply Digital Actuality on Curler Coaster Rides
Excellent news, thrill-seekers! Amusement park big Six Flags is including digital actuality (VR) know-how to a number of its curler coasters in 2016, because of a brand new partnership with Samsung.
When passengers enterprise onto a few of Six Flags’ hottest rides, they are going to be kitted out with Samsung Gear VR headsets, to allow them to really feel the "coronary heart-pumping adrenaline" of twists, turns and steep drops, which can work in tune with every experience’s sensors, gyros and accelerometers. Customers will nonetheless bodily be on a curler coaster as ordinary, however the headsets will add additional sensory experiences.
Samsung and Six Flags will launch these new VR curler coasters as quickly as this month, with season move house owners in Arlington, Texas getting a preview of "Shock Wave" as early as March 10.
9 rides will obtain a VR makeover, with six curler coasters getting the "new revolution digital actuality" expertise, and three having a "Superman digital actuality". All rides could have an age restrict of thirteen years and above, when utilizing the headsets.
On the brand new revolution rides, adrenaline junkies can be transported to a "futuristic battle to save lots of planet earth from an alien invasion", whereas the Superman curler coasters anticipate to take people on an motion-packed "360-diploma comedian-e-book world" tour of Metropolis.
"This exceptional know-how is a particular recreation-changer for theme park rides and represents every part our model stands for – delivering probably the most thrilling and progressive rides," stated John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO, in a press release.
Six Flags plans on introducing greater than double the variety of rides and curler coasters that it did in 2015, and in line with media websiteMashable, is contemplating increasing the VR expertise to extra coasters sooner or later.
In a current Mintel "European shopper tendencies" report, the market analysis agency noticed digital actuality as a well-liked development for 2016, including that as curiosity grows, companies can be impressed to embrace the know-how.
"As soon as restricted to science fiction novels and movies, digital actuality units at the moment are a commonplace sight in on a regular basis life," Catherine Cottney, developments supervisor for Europe at Mintel, advised CNBC by way of e mail, including that as digital actuality tech turns into extra reasonably priced, it is more likely to spring up throughout numerous sectors.
"Manufacturers have a chance to teach shoppers about these units… not solely will this assist get individuals acquainted with this new know-how, however it’ll increase engagement too."
In the meantime, George O’Connor, know-how analyst at Panmure Gordon, advised CNBC by way of e-mail that we should always see VR as being adjunct to applied sciences like synthetic intelligence and large knowledge. "We will see a shift in how individuals ‘talk’ (and embrace) with the know-how," he stated.
O’Connor added that the immersive expertise itself is one among VR’s key drivers, and that society ought to have fun its use at theme parks, as "pushing the boundaries is all a part of the human situation."
Whereas this will likely appear to be a world first, Six Flags wasn’t the primary theme park to announce it was incorporating VR into its rides.
In January, a Merlin Entertainments-owned park, Alton Towers, introduced it was to open an area-themed digital actuality curler coaster named "Galactica" this April, through which passengers put on VR headsets.
Thorpe Park, one other Merlin theme park is testing new limits, opening a "multi-sensory" attraction named "Ghost Practice" this Spring, designed by TV illusionist Derren Brown.